UW-Madison will select one undergraduate student to serve as the 2019-20 Newman Civic Fellow. This student will participate in leadership development and learning around civic engagement with a cohort of other fellows from schools around the country.
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports one community-committed student per participating campus who has demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Fellows receive learning opportunities focused on the skills needed to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a core component of Campus Compact’s strategy to build a national network of engaged student leaders who can support one another in building transformational partnerships between campuses and communities. Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities advancing the public purpose of higher education by deepening schools’ ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
Newman Civic Fellows are acknowledged for their motivation and potential for public leadership. Newman Civic Fellows demonstrate commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national exemplars of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Administrative support comes from Campus Compact.
The Newman Civic Fellowship honors Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an extraordinary career of more than five decades. At the core of Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of inter-connected individuals to make a difference. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work. Learn more about Frank Newman.
2019 Recipient Emi Almanza Lopez
As a young person, growing up in West St Paul, Emi organized community clean-ups, health awareness events and sustainability conferences. Currently, she is the social justice intern at the MultiCultural Student Center where she develops social justice workshops and facilitates conversations towards a more inclusive and equitable UW community. This past semester, she worked to adapt her social justice workshop for the Office of Sustainability, an exercise in using her own voice and practicing how she will tell these intertwined stories of environmental justice and social change.
Emi plans to attend law school and study environmental and human rights law becoming a community advocate. Behind the drive and passion of Emiliana are her own community advocates.
2018: Wendy Hoang
2017: Rena Newman
2016: Nasitta Keita